|Saturday, February 26, 2000,
India play Malaysia for 3rd place
India Juniors XI blank Bihar
Pak, Lanka revert to experience
Indian top order falters again
MUMBAI, Feb 25 (PTI) The Indian top-order failed to cash in on a superb bowling fightback led by skipper Sachin Tendulkar and were gasping at 75 for five wickets in their second innings at close on the second day to leave the first cricket Test against South Africa balanced on the razors edge here today.
Tendulkar turned his golden arm for a tantalising haul of three wickets for 10 runs as India, dismissed for 225 in their first innings, fought back with tigerish zeal to restrict the visitors to 176 for a crucial 49-run lead at stroke of tea.
On a day which saw as many as 15 wickets tumble on a bowler friendly track, the host batsmen once again cut a sorry figure as the entire top-order, barring Rahul Dravid (27 batting), was back in the pavilion with the lead standing at 124 runs with five wickets intact at the Wankhede stadium.
The Indian second innings was reeling at 24 for three after both openers Wasim Jaffer (6) and V V S Laxman (0) failed for the second time and Tendulkar, who breathed life into the first essay with a superb 97, fell for just 8 runs.
Dravid, who batted in his usual watchful way, and Saurav Ganguly, who made a classy 31 in 58 minutes with four fours and a six added a rapid 49 runs for the fourth wicket but the left-hander followed by Ajay Jadeja (1) fell to the South African pace attack in quick succession.
Indian hopes of setting the visitors a daunting fourth innings target mainly rests on Dravid, who has stayed for 142 minutes so far. Anil Kumble (0 ) was giving him company at stumps.
The South Africans, resuming at 27 for none, threatened to hoist a big score as openers Gary Kirsten (50) and Herschelle Gibbs (47) put on a 90-run opening stand.
But Tendulkar effected the breakthrough by removing Gibbs and the innings collapsed like a pack of cards as the Indian bowlers suddenly came on top of the visiting batsmen.
It was Tendulkar with his dibbly-dobbly off and leg breaks who drew first blood by having Gibbs caught at slip by Saurav Ganguly.
Leg spinner Anil Kumble (2/62) then got into the act by sending back Jacques Kallis (5), scorer of 961 runs last year in Tests, and skipper Hansie Cronje (0) in the space of only three balls and at the same score of 102.
It was the ace leg spinner, after a largely disappointing tour of Australia, who induced doubts in the minds of the batsmen by making the first ball he bowled kick alarmingly off a length at Kirsten. The South Africans, tentative thereafter, succumbed to the Indian bowlers.
India (first innings) : 225
South Africa (first innings): (overnight 27 for no loss)
Kirsten b Tendulkar 50
Gibbs c Ganguly b Tendulkar 47
Kallis c Laxman b Kumble 5
Cronje c Laxman b Kumble 0
Strydom c Agarkar b Karthik 2
Klusener c Laxman b Srinath 33
Pollock c Jadeja b Tendulkar 0
Boucher c Mongia b Karthik 3
N. Boje b Srinath 14
Eksteen b Srinath 4
A. Donald not out 1
Extras: (b-8, lb-8, nb-1) 17
Total: (all out in 64 overs) 176
Fall of wickets: 1/90, 2/102, 3/102, 4/105, 5-131, 6-131, 7-144, 8-169, 9-173
Bowling: Srinath 12-2-45-3, Agarkar 7-1-15-0, Kumble 22-1-62-2, Kartik 18-6-28-2, Tendulkar 5-1-10-3.
India (second innings):
Jaffer c Klusener b Pollock 6
Laxman c Boucher b Donald 0
R. Dravid batting 27
Tendulkar lbw b Cronje 8
Ganguly c Klusener b Pollock 31
Jadeja c Boucher b Donald 1
Kumble batting 0
Extras: (lb 1, nb 1) 2
Total: (for 5 wkts, 34 overs) 75
Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-13, 3-24, 4-73, 5-75.
India play Malaysia for 3rd place
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 25 (PTI) Pakistan and South Korea, forced into the qualifiers for the Sydney Olympics, brace themselves for a potentially thrilling final while India will hope to salvage the third spot in the Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament tomorrow.
Pakistan, plagued by several problems coming into this prestigious tournament, have shown all signs of getting their act together in the Olympic year and will hope to avenge their 4-5 defeat by Korea in the Asia Cup late last year.
Both teams have reached the summit clash unbeaten with their round robin game ending in a 1-1 draw, but coaches Islauddin and Kim Sang Ryul will settle for nothing but a win in the final build up for the Osaka Olympic qualifiers from March 9 to 20.
I never thought Pakistan would reach the final. But now we are there, we will play our best to win. Of course, our mind is in Osaka where we have to qualify, legendary Pakistan forward and team manager Islahuddin said.
Of the four finishers here, Pakistan, South Korea and Malaysia will prepare for the qualifiers while India, who sealed an automatic Olympic berth as Asian Games champions, have their task cut out after they ended up level on points with a fast-improving Malaysia.
Reigning champions Pakistan and Korea will seek to impose their contrasting styles tomorrow. Kim Sang Ryul, the Korean manager who has taken his team into the top six in world rankings said: We will play at our pace. Pakistan is a good side but I think we will want to win the Cup and go to Osaka and qualify.
Both coaches are confident it will be a high scoring final. Korea plays a fast game and we will need to go all out in attack to get those early goals and put pressure on them, said Islahuddin.
But Pakistan will we wary of the superfit Koreans, who toppled them after Pakistan were leading 4-2.
Islahuddin was confident his team will not repeat those mistakes. Korea is one of the best teams in the world and very fast on the counter-attack. But we will try and contain them and see that we dictate the pace of the game.
Sang said playing Pakistan had always been difficult for Korea. But my players can use different tactics depending on the match situation, he said.
177; TN in command
GURGAON, Feb 25 A knock of 177 runs by S. Sriram and his partnership of 166 runs with Madangopal for the third wicket put Tamil Nadu in a commanding position at the end of the second day in the Ranji Trophy Super League tie against Haryana at Nehru Stadium here today. Tamil Nadu batsmen forced Haryana to spend yet another frustrating day as they attained a lead of 163 runs with five first innings wickets still intact.
The play resumed today with visitors at 43 for no loss. Left arm spinner Pradeep Jain struck in the 10th over to trap Aashish Kapoor 55 leg before wicket in a bid to cut a fast ball which kept low. Aashish struck nine boundaries and added 85 runs with Hemang Badani, who scored 31 before being bowled.
Haryana bowlers struggled for over three hours as Madangopal and Sriram went on to add 166 runs in 279 balls.
A run out decision separated them when Madangopal running from the non-striker end failed to reach his crease and Pankaj Thakurs throw from short thirdman was bang on target. He made 74 off 170 balls in 194 minutes.
However, the day belonged to left hand opener S. Sriram who scored 177 runs of 275 balls and occupied the crease for 393 minutes. He placed the balls well and his timing was perfect while executing strokes. His wicket fell in the 94th over of the innings. Following his dismissal Pradeep Jain struck once again after one ball to dismiss Tanveer Jabbar for a duck. Pradeep was the only successful bowler from Haryana. He took four wickets for 121 runs in 29 overs.
Haryanas limitations in bowling were exposed as the wicket did not offer any assistance to the bowlers. At close Robin Singh was unbeaten with 15 and S. Sharath was batting on 10.
Haryana (Ist Innings): 208
Tamil Nadu (Ist Innings): Aashish Kapoor lbw Pradeep Jain 55, S. Sriram c Ajay Ratra b Pradeep Jain 177, Hemang Badani b Pradeep Jain 31, J.R. Madangopal run out 74, S. Sharath batting 10, Tanveer Jabbar c Prinder Sharma b Pardeep Jain 0, Robin Singh batting 15, Extras (B-1, W-1, NB-7) 9, Total (for 5 wickets in 100 overs) 371.
FOW: 1/80, 2/165, 3/331, 4/354, 5/354.
Baroda in strong position
SAS Nagar, Feb 25 Resolute batting put Baroda in a position of strength against Punjab on the second day of the four-day Ranji Trophy super league match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.
Jacob Martin and Himanshu Jadhav batted well, both notching up half centuries, as the visitors in pursuit of Punjabs first innings total of 245 runs finished the day at 170 for three wickets.
Earlier in the morning, left-arm spinner Valmik Buch struck quick blows and with able assistance from Rakesh Patel and off-spinner R.A. Swaroop restricted Punjab to a mediocre score.
Baroda batsmen did not allow the advantage thus gained go waste. They put their heads down, concentrated hard and got on with the job of grafting the innings with full earnest.
Connor Williams and R Swaroop, who opened the innings, looked confident negotiating the rival pace attack. Without resorting to flashing strokeplay and never losing out on any opportunity to score runs, both took the score to 43 when Swaroop was trapped lbw by medium fast bowler Gagandeep Singh.Williams did not last long and was soon back in pavilion, snicking a Harbhajan Singh delivery behind the wicket.
It was a period of struggle for the Punjab bowlers, particularly for the spin trio of Harbhajan, Sarandeep and Navdeep thereafter, who continued to bowl without much success. Jadhav and Martin both batted sensibly working the ball in between the gaps and striking boundaries.Sarandeep, who was introduced in the attack from the pavilion end was clobbered by a four and a six by a well set Jadhav in his very first over.
When 100-run partnership was within sight Gagandeep struck inducing a snick off Jadhavs blade to be caught by Harminder Jugnu behind the stumps. But the 99-run stand for the third wicket took the visitors past the 150-run mark.
Tushar Arothe and Martin saw off the remaining overs without any further losses, though the latter is lucky to be still at the crease having been dropped twice in Harbhajan Singhs same over first by 12th man Sandeep Sawal stationed at the slips and then by the bowler himself towards the fag end of the day.
Early in the morning Punjab innings folded without offering much resistance.Baroda bowlers needed to bowl 23 overs to claim the remaining six Punjab wickets which fell after the addition of just 54 runs to the overnight total.
Ravneet Ricky, 83 not out overnight, was back in the pavilion without adding any run to his score. Yuveraj, who laboured for 87 minutes for 14 runs yesterday, could not do much and was trapped lbw by medium fast bowler Zaheer Khan when the batsman had made 25.
Buche then struck twice in quick succession claiming the scalps of Jugnu and Harbhajan as the hosts slumped to 240 for eight. Sarandeep was sent back by Swaroop, while Buch signalled the end of the innings castling Gagandeep as the innings folded at 245.
Punjab (1st innings): Rathore b Patel 19, Ravneet c Milap b Patel 83, Reetinder c Buch b Swaroop 20, Dharmani lbw Patel 21, Mongia c Williams b Bhoite 19, Yuveraj lbw Zaheer 25, Jugnu lbw Buch 24, Sarandeep c Jadhav b Swaroop 14, Harbhajan c Bedade b Buch 2, Navdeep not out 2, Gagandeep b Buche 1. Extras: (nb 5, lb 10) 15. Total (all out in 113 overs) 245.
Fall of wickets: 1-32, 2-73, 3-112, 4-155, 5-193, 6-219, 7-234, 8-240, 9-244, 10-245. Bowling: Zaheer Khan 22-5-71-1, Rakesh Patel 29-6-66-3, Valmik Buch 25-15-23-3, R Swaroop 25-9-50-2, Ajit Bhoite 12-2-25-1.
Baroda (1st innings): C Williams c Mongia b Harbhajan 31, Swaroop lbw Gagandeep 21, Jadhav c Jugnu b Gagandeep 54, Martin batting 50, Arothe batting 6.
Extras: (lb 2, b 6) 8
Total: (for three wickets in 65 overs ) 170
Fall of wickets: 1-43, 2-55, 3-154
Mumbai tighten grip over Delhi
NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (UNI) With a vital 47-run first innings lead, Mumbai tightened their grip over Delhi as the visitors scored 93 for two in the second innings on the second day of the Ranji Trophy super league tie at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium here today.
At close, Jatin Paranjpe (31) and Amol Muzumdar (12) were unbeaten on the crease.
After restricting the hosts for 200 in the first innings, the visiting team began their second essay on a cautious note. Though openers Amol Rane and Amit Pagnis made runs on their own terms, Pagnis was not comfortable before left-arm medium pacer Ashish Nehra who trapped him lbw in a total of 31. He made a paltry 18.
Eighteen runs later, Virender Sehwag struck the second wicket as Rane was acrobatically caught by Mithun Manhas at mid-on in his individual 24.
However, Paranjpe and new batsman Amol Muzumdar did the remaining job of the day with patience and accumulated unbeaten 44 runs for the third wicket.
Nehra and Sehwag took one wicket each.
Mumbai (first innings): 247
Delhi (first innings): Akash Chopra lbw Kuruvilla 1, Ashu Dani c Pagnis b Pawar 74, Devender Sharma b Saxena 0, Mithun Manhas b Saxena 0, Virender Shewag c Rane b Pawar 50, Rahul Sanghvi c Pagnis b Kulkarni 4, Ajay Sharma not out 39, Vijay Dhaiya c Pagnis b Pawar 0, Amit Bhandari lbw b Kuruvilla 0, Ashish Nehra b Kulkarni 7, Robin Singh c Rane b Pawar 0.
Total: 200 all out
Fall of wickets: 1/11, 2/12, 3/17, 4/107, 5/112, 6/177, 7/179, 8/180, 9/199, 10/200
Bowling: Kuruvilla: 17-2-49-2, Saxena 14-2-44-2, Pawar 18-1-64-4, Kulkarni 10-0-27-2, Bahutule 7-1-13-0.
Mumbai (second innings): Amol Rane c Manhas b Sehwag 24, Amit Pagnis lbw b Nehra 18, Jatin Paranjpe batting 31, Amol Muzumdar batting 12.
Total: 93 for two
Fall of wickets: 1/32, 2/49
Bowling: Bhandari : 9-3-25-0, Nehra 12-2-35-1, Sehwag 8-4-4-1, Robin 4-1-11-0, Sanghvi 3-0-10-0.
India Juniors XI blank Bihar
LUDHIANA, Feb 25 Holders South Eastern Railway, Calcutta, survived some anxious moments before emerging victorious 1-0 against Air-India, Mumbai while India Juniors XI scored an emphatic 7-0 victory over Bihar to set up the title clash on the penultimate day of the fourth All-India Mohinder Partap Singh Grewal Memorial Hockey Tournament for Women at the astro turf stadium of the Punjab Agricultural University here today.
In the first semifinal, the current champions SER, Calcutta wasted two penalty corners in the 22nd minute before taking the lead through a field goal scored by S. Kujur. Air-India outfit retaliated and made counter moves forcing four penalty corners, which they failed to convert.
After trailing 0-1 at half time, Air-India eves started proceedings with added vigour and repeatedly stormed SER Calcuttas citadel but failed to cut much ice as the railway defence line guarded their goal successfully and managed to maintain the lead till the long whistle.
The second semifinal
between India Juniors XI and Bihar turned out to be a
one-sided affair with the former outplaying their rivals
in every department of the game. After a goal-less first
half, India Juniors XI stormed their opponents territory
and scored at regular intervals. In the 36th minute,
Kiran Bala put India Juniors XI one up. Four minutes
later, Sangai Chanu scored a beautiful field goal to
increase the lead and Nishi Chauhan made it 3-0 in the
54th minute. Kiran Bala and Simarjeet Kaur struck twice
during the last 15 minutes to make is a 7-0 victory.
Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar post wins
MUMBAI, Feb 25 (PTI) Mohun Bagan defender Samy Omolos header in the 70th minute gave his team a lone-goal win over local outfit Mahindra and Mahindra in the National Football League here today.
The home team dominated the first half with some crisp passes and deft lobs to leave the visitors confused.
However, the Calcutta giants regrouped in the second half and with their Brazilian import winger Jose Barretos fine ball control and Uzbek striker Igor Shkvirins fine passes turned the tables on the jeepmen.
In the very second minute Mahindras were on the lookout for a goal but their striker Mohammed Najeebs left footer just missed the mark. Soon after, Najeebs cross off an Abbas Ali Rizvi pass failed to find winger Manjeet Singh on top of the box.
CALCUTTA (UNI): Trailing by two quick goals, Tollygunge Agragami rallied in tandem to restore parity in the first session and a header from Felix in second half helped them to tame fighting State Bank of Travancore (SBT) 3-2 in the second leg of the fourth National Football League here today.
With todays win, the Calcutta side improved their ranking in the league table with 24 points from 17 matches. SBT also had 20 points from 17 matches so far.
The visitors went ahead with a thunderous goal in the second minute of play through Ashif Saheer and striker B Ignatious gave them a 2-0 lead in 31 minutes. The edge of the SBT tilted as their main striker Ashif left the field with an injury in the 10th minute of play.
But the euphoria of SBT vanished within six minutes when Ghanaian Seriki Abdulateef reduced the margin for Tolly 2-1 and the equaliser came five minutes before the lemon break through medio Partha Sarathi Dey.
The match winner for Tolly came also from another Ghanaian in the 61st minute through a header from Abayomi Felix.
In the first leg, Tolly had defeated SBT 1-0 in the away match.
FC Kochin hold Churchill
THRISSUR, (PTI): Goa League Champions Churchil Brothers, survived a barrage of attacks from FC Kochin in the closing stages in the National Football League match which ended in a 1-1 draw here this evening.
Striker Marcus Carvalho drew first blood for Churchil in the 40th minute of the first session while I.M. Vijayan brought about the equaliser in the 57th minute.
With this match, Churchil have increased their points tally to 32 from 17 matches while FC Kochin have 22 points from 15 encounters they had played so far.
The match was evenly contested with the Goans having an edge in the first half while the second session saw the total dominating by the professional club.
MARGAO: Brazilian Joao Dos Santoss brace helped defending champions Salgaocar to squeeze past a fighting Indian Telephone Industries (ITI), Bangalore 2-1 and score their seventh win in the return match of the National Football League here today.
Salgaocar took the lead in the 14th minute. Santos, who missed a chance to score earlier, put his team ahead when he smartly tapped a S. Venkatesh cross from the right flank after Dharamjit Singh from the centre line had initiated the move.
ITI regrouped and made forays deep inside the rival box and after missing two close chances in the first half restored parity in the 53 minute.
Absorbing contests at Ghungrali
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 Absorbing games of soccer and exciting finishes to various track and field events were the highlights of the second day of the annual sports Festival of Ghungrali Rajputan, near Ludhiana, today.
Dedicated to the martyrs of Kargil, the festival, which is being organised by the Singh Sports Youth Services Association, saw Issru defeating Shilo 2-0 in football. In other matches, Daheru overcame Gobindpura in the tie-breaker; Majri defeated hosts Ghungrali Rajputan 1-2; Katala trounced Mohanpur 4-1 and Cheema defeated Isrru 1-0.
In track and field events, the winners included Parampreet Kaur (Jalandhar), Tejinder Kaur (Jalandhar) and Babita Khanna in the 1500 metres event. In the boys section of the same event, Gurmit Singh (Hoshiarpur), Puran Chand (Ferozepore) and Gobind Ram (Gobindgarh) finished first, second and third, respectively.
In the long jump for boys, the medal winners were Harpinder Randhawa, Amritpal and Naib Singh while in the long jump for girls, the winners of first three positions were Prabhjot, Kamaljit and Baljit.
A major attraction of the final day tomorrow would be a kabaddi match between Bajakhana and visiting team from England. Besides Olympian and retired Joint Director (Sports), Punjab, Mr Jarnail Singh, would be honoured with newly instituted Manjit Singh award. Besides, Malkiat Singh Angrez (kabaddi), Mr J.N. Sharma, Labh Singh Sidhu and Surinderjit Kaur Khanna, a thrower, would also be felicitated.
The Punjab Chief
Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, and the Union Sports
Minister, Mr Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, would visit the
festival tomorrow. Among those who witnessed the events
today were Mr Sukhvir Grewal, Hardeep Grewal
(international hockey players), Mr Teja Singh Dhaliwal
and Olympian Pargat Singh.
NZ drop Spearman, bring in Sinclair
CHRISTCHURCH, Feb 25 (Reuters) New Zealand yesterday dropped out-of-form opening batsman Craig Spearman and brought Mathew Sinclair into the squad for the third one day international against Australia in Christchurch on Saturday.
New Zealand trail the series 2-0 after 50-run loss in Dunedin.
However, Sinclair has yet to play a one day international, with selectors previously saying he had yet to prove himself in the shorter game.
New Zealand: Stephen
Fleming (captain), Nathan Astle, Robert Kennedy, Adam
Parore, Scott Styris, Daniel Vettori, Chris Cairns, Chris
Harris, Craig Mcmillan, Mathew Sinclair, Roger Twose and
Godrej CC, MES XI enter final
CHANDIGARH, Feb 25 Superb bowling performance by Madan Lal ( 5 for 36) enabled Godrej Cricket Club, Chandigarh, to beat Pathankot Cricket Association XI by 51 runs and enter the final of the second Pathankot Challenge Cup League Cricket Tournament at Pathankot today.
Electing to bat, Godrej CC lost the wickets of Rahul Panta and M.P. Singh cheaply. Godrej were in tight spot as they could manage only 68 runs for the loss of four wickets after 15 overs.
Punjab Ranji player Lakhbir Singh (27) and Himachal Ranji player Arun Verma (32) were involved in a partnership of 54 runs. Lakhbirs knock came off only 21 balls and included one six and two boundaries. Towards the end Amit Kakria (23 and R.P. Singh (26) slogged well to enable Godrej Cricket Club to score 192 runs in 30 overs.
The P.C.A. XI openers Manoj Randall and Sham Sunder got their team off to a flying start as they put on 42 runs in first seven overs. Spinners R.P. Singh and Amit Kakria applied breaks on the run rate as they gave only 19 runs in the 10 overs they bowled together.
Left arm spinner Madan Lal changed the complexion of the game as he ripped apart the P.C.A. XI middle order to return with figure of 5 for 36 and claim the man of the match award. The P.C.A. XI was finally bundled out for 141 runs.
Scores: Godrej C.C. 192 All out (Arun Verma 32, Gurinder Saini 29, Lakhbir Singh 27, R.P. Singh 26, Amit Kakria 21, Sameer 3 for 24, Tarsem 3 for 27, Vikram 3 for 38) P.C.A. XI 141 all out (Ricky 33, Manoj Randall 24, Tarsem 22, Madan Lal 5 for 36, Amit Kakria 2 for 17, Vinod Binta 2 for 21).
In the second semifinal, M.E.S. XI, Patiala, defeated Hoshiarpur XI by three wickets.
Scores: Hoshiarpur 166 all out (Ritesh 28, Manav Dhuper 25, Avtar 24, Vikram 33 N.O., Ravinder 3 for 31, Roshan 2 for 28). M.E.S. XI 167 for 7 in 29.1 overs (Kulwinder Khanda 45, Ricky 25, Roshan 24 n.o., Ravinder 18, Vinod Thakur 3 for 21, Manav Dhupar 2 for 27).
Pak, Lanka revert to experience
RAWALPINDI, Feb 25 (AFP) Pakistan and Sri Lanka both reverted to experience in squad selections for their opening cricket Test starting at the Rawalpindi Stadium tomorrow.
Pakistan are set to enter the Test by recalling experienced batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq and pace bowler Waqar Younis while Sri Lankans have recalled both Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva in their line-up.
Pakistan skipper Saeed Anwer is doubtful for the Test because of a stiff neck. A final decision is expected on the morning of the match
Pakistan: Saeed Anwer (capt), Aamir Sohail, Wajahatullah Wasti, Imran Abbas, Younis Khan, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Naveed Qureshi, Faisal Iqbal, Yousuf Youhanna, Moin Khan, Wasim Akram, Abdur Razzak, Shahid Afridi, Saqlain Mushtaq, Irfan Fazil, Mohammad Akram, Bazid Khan and Waqar Younis.
Sri Lanka: Sanath
Jayasuriya (capt), Mahela Jayawardene, Russel Arnold,
Marvan Atapattu, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Romesh
Kaluwitharana, Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva,
Rangana Herath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas,
Pramodya Wickremasinghe, Upul Chandana, Nuwan Zoysa and
Tumpa is best gymnast
PATIALA, Feb 25 Local lass Rajni Sharma, who created a flutter by winning the hoop event in the rhythmic sportive exercise on the first day, was once again the cynosure of all eyes as she won the ribbon event of the rhythmic exercises in the 45th National School Games which the concluded at the local polo grounds here today. In the boys under-14 team championships.
Uttar Pradesh boys clinched the top spot, while West Bengal and Maharashtra were placed second and third, respectively. In the boys under-14 allround individual championship even Uttar Pradesh made it a 1-2 affair as Prachur Sayena and Prabash Shrivastva, both from Lucknow, stood first and second, respectively, while Tripuras shantanu Bhowmick took the third spot.
The other results: team championships (girls-under-17); West Bengal-1, Punjab-2, Uttar Pradesh-3.
Best allround gymnast (girls under-17): Tumpa Debnath-1, Neha-2, Jharna Dass-3, Baisakhi Devi-4, Sumitha Sharma-5, Subra Sankar-6.
Team championships (girls under-14): West Bengal-1, Maharashtra-2, Punjab-3.
Best allround gymnast (girls under-14): Rachika-1, Rupali Haldar-2.
Trinya Chaterjee-3, N. Bhowmick-4, Meenakshi-5, Preeti Dass-6.
Team championship (boys under-14) Uttar Pradesh-1, West Bengal-2, Maharashtra-3.
Best allround gymnast (boys under-14): Prachur Sayena-1, Prabash Shrivastva-2, Shantanu Bhowmick-3, Ankur Agarwal-4, Dipantu Banik-5, Aditya Singh-6.
Rhythmic sportive exercises: ribbon event: Rajni Sharma-1, Renu and Amrita-joint 2nd, Rama-3, Amrita Joglekar-4, Veena Bhatt-5.
Ball event: Amrita-1, Mala Rawat-2, Nanki Singh-3, Amruta Joshi-4, Shivani-5, Amrita Joglekar-6.
Team championships (boys under-17): Tripura-1, UP-2, Punjab-3. Best allround gymnast (boys-under-17): N. Ramesh-1, Arun Thampa-2, Akhilesh Sahu-3, Gaurav Sharma-4, Raja Ray-5, Vikrant Singh-6.
Finals of apparatus championships: (boys under-19):
Roman rings: Gaurav Shah and Gurpreet Singh-joint ist, Prashant-2, Raj Kumar-3.
Pommel hourse (boys-under-19): Gaurav Shah-1, Vishal Siwha-2, Somnath-3.
Brian Lara resigns as captain
BRIDGETOWN (Barbados), Feb 25 (AP) Brian Lara resigned as West Indies cricket captain last night, citing the moderate success and devastating failures that have engulfed West Indies cricket as the reasons, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) secretary Andrew Sealy announced.
After accepting the captaincy at the beginning of the 1998 season, I immediately set high but attainable goals for the West Indies team and myself, Lara said in his letter of resignation to the WICB.
After two years the moderate success and devastating failures that have engulfed West Indies cricket have brought me to the realisation that there is a need for me to withdraw from my present leadership position, he added.
for veteran athlete
PATIALA, Feb 25 Reacting to a feature published in The Tribune in which veteran athlete Joginder Singhs pitiable condition was highlighted, the state government has started a monthly pension of Rs 1,500 for him along with ration and milk. Joginder Singh, with his incredible performances in international meets, is one of the top most veteran athletes in the world. His name has also been entered in the Limca Book of World Records for his achievement of setting a new world record in the 95 plus age category, jumping to a distance of 4.15 metres in the long jump event in a veterans athletic meet held in Turku in 1991. The record is yet to be broken.
Meanwhile, the state
government has also written to the Union Government to
make financial aid available to the ailing 107-year-old
athlete. IG Rajinder Singh, who has written a book on the
achievements of the athlete, has also written to the
Sports Authority of India (SAI) to take up Joginder
Singhs case for financial and other aid. The Punjab
Union of Journalists has also decided to honour Joginder
Singh, apart from providing him financial aid.
Shakti shatters 20-metre barrier
NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (UNI) Burly Shakti Singh became the first Indian thrower to break the 20 metre barrier as he created a new national record in shot put with a 20.09 metre throw in the AAFI 2nd International Athletic Meet here today.
Railways Sunita Rani achieved her personal best timing in the 800m though she finished second to Rusias Fedotovo Fkatcrina.
The 37-year-old Railwayman Shakti Singh, winner of the silver medal in Bangkok Asian Games, rewrote his own national record.
Handball, fencing titles for
ANANDPUR SAHIB, Feb 25 Punjab won the team championships in handball in the under-17 boys and girls sections on the penultimate day of the 45th National School Games here today.
In the final Punjab defeated Gujarat 19-12. At the breather the score was 8-5 in favour of the winners. Parminder Singh scored six goals for Punjab. In the girls final, Punjab routed Delhi 10-6. The score was 5-3 at the half time in Punjabs favour.
In the under-17 boys hockey, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh entered the finals. Punjab defeated Bihar 1-0 and Himachal Pradesh defeated Delhi 6-5 via the tie-breaker in the semifinals.
In the under-17 girls hockey, Punjab and Haryana entered in the final. Haryana blanked Bihar 8-0 while in the another semifinal Punjab defeated Madhya Pradesh 2-0.
In the under-14 boys volleyball Punjab and West Bengal sailed into the final. In the semifinals Punjab defeated Delhi 25-20, 25-20, 25-17 and West Bengal defeated Karnataka 25-15, 25-11, 28-8. In the girls under-14 volleyball Uttar Pradesh and Haryana entered the finals.
The fencing event of
epee, team championship in under-19 girls section was won
by Punjab. They defeated Maharashtra 2-1 while in the
under-19 boys final of epee event team championship was
clinched by Madhya Pradesh by defeating Jammu and Kashmir
LRM College win
NEW DELHI, Feb 25 (UNI) Forward Rajinder Singh slammed five goals and Tejbir Singh pumped in four goals as holders D.A.V. College (Jalandhar) routed Maharaja Man Singh Mahavidyalaya, Gwalior 10-0 to virtually book a place in the semifinals of the 8th Nehru-SAIL Champion Colleges Hockey Tournament here today.
Lala Lajpat Rai College, Dhudike (Moga) outplayed Faculty of Arts Sciences and Education, Tamil Nadu 5-1 for their first win in two outings.
DFA Hoshiarpur record win
FATEHGARH SAHIB, Feb 25 (FOC) On the third day of the 53rd Punjab State Seniors Football Championship being played at Bassi Pathana, four quarter-finals were played. In the first match DFA Hoshiarpur best Ludhiana 1-0. In the second match DFA Patiala defeated DFA Fatehgarh Sahib 3-0.
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